Montoya a hit in Mexico

first_img“Montoya heads the stars,” roared the headline in the Mexican daily Diario de Mexico in its preview for Sunday’s Telcel-Motorola 200. “It’s an honor to be racing alongside a driver like Montoya, a Latino who has had so much success in racing,” Mexico City native Jorge Goeters said. “Montoya is a born champion.” “He is a very good driver and he knows this track well,” Jourdain said. “Sooner or later, he will make a real impact in NASCAR.” The curvy track was built for open-wheel racing and there is little opportunity to pass, except near the end of a tight straightaway. But the track has seen some changes since Montoya was here last. A 1,000-foot long chicane that used to slow drivers on the opening stretch was taken out recently. Robbie Weiss, NASCAR’s managing director for international affairs, said Montoya brings in a lot of Mexican fans who are familiar with open-wheel racing. “NASCAR is a brand just being introduced here, but every year it becomes more and more known,” Weiss said. “A big name like Montoya brings in the open-wheel fans. And once people try this product they always discover they like it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya was clearly the center of attention Thursday as Busch Series drivers prepared for NASCAR’s third race in Mexico City. The Colombian driver who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season gained a strong following in Mexico with Formula N victories in the 1990s. Now the Mexican fans hope a fellow Latino might finally win a NASCAR race on their soil. center_img When NASCAR kick-started its Mexico City event in 2005, much was made about the Mexican drivers’ knowledge of the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course and his experience racing at 7,400 feet, an altitude that gives the cars a little less down force, robbing them of grip and horsepower. The expectations for local drivers appeared to be playing out when Goeters stunned the field by winning the pole. But Goeter’s first NASCAR pit stop was a disaster and the final results looked a lot like any other Busch Series race, with Martin Truex Jr. using an early pit stop to outlast Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards. In the 2006 Mexico City event, Denny Hamlin won. Mexican driver Adrian Fernandez started in fourth and moved up a spot early, but had a minor crash, injuring his thumb, forcing him to settle for 12th. Mexican driver Michel Jourdain has raced alongside Montoya at the Hermanos Rodriguez. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness is said to be furious after being accused of “abuse of players” after asking a player to line out during his college exams.Dublin City University student and Donegal player Martin McElhinney got injured while warming up for a challenge game against Monaghan yesterday.McElhinney had been given time off for DCU’s game against Meath in the O’Byrne Cup because of upcoming exams. However he was called up to play for Donegal instead and picked up an ankle injury in Clones.DCU manager Niall Moyna has now accused McGuinness ofMoyna told RTÉ Radio: “Martin is in the middle of his examinations at the moment. I spoke to Martin this morning before we left, but I only found out at 5:15pm that the management team at Donegal demanded that he go play a challenge game against Monaghan today.“What annoys me is not so much that he had to play the game, but that it is in the middle of his examinations when we have purposefully given him time off. So he lost the whole day, went up to Clones, and turned on his ankle in the warm-up, and we didn’t have him tonight. “He wouldn’t have played tonight [for DCU] if we known he had played today [for Donegal], and I think there is something wrong there. We talk about player welfare and that is abuse of players.“I understand the pressure that inter-county managers are under, but to ask a player to go play a game the same day they knew he had a semi-final that evening and in the week that he is studying for his exams is an important issue that needs to be addressed.”Moyna wants GAA officials to look further into the issue of player welfare and wants to speak to McGuinness about McElhinney’s selection.“I didn’t get the chance [to talk to Jim McGuinness] and I would like to. Martin was extremely upset and really the players are a pawn in this. Martin McElhinney hasn’t signed a contract with anyone.“I don’t own him and Jim McGuinness does not own him. He is an amateur player, playing in an amateur organisation, trying to get an education and we should be facilitating that.” McGuinness is understood to be furious by Moyna’s reaction.“Jim McGuinness played a lot of student football and knows the demands on college players“He would never have put a player in a position that they thought they had to play. He’s is outraged by Moyna’s comments,” said the source.MCGUINNESS FURIOUS OVER CLAIMS THAT HE ABUSED PLAYERS was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessMartin McElhinneylast_img read more